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ERIC Number: ED398575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 9
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Politicizing Theory and the Act of Theorizing.
Drew, Julie
Joseph Harris, in his article, "The Rhetoric of Theory," talks about theory, or more appropriately, theorizing, problem-posing rather than problem-solving. In other words, the act of theorizing is more useful and meaningful when viewed and enacted as an activity that attempts to continuously interrogate and to suggest relationships and juxtapositions that complicate matters, rather than one that attempts to name, to fix, and to define boundaries. In the last 15 years, compositionists have engaged in dialogues that deal directly with issues of power and authority. As a means of fleshing out this concept, three issues relating to teacher power and authority can be examined. One issue looks at the giving away or taking back of teacher authority in the classroom. With the aim of liberatory pedagogies in mind, some compositionists devise practices that keep teachers from silencing students and instead help them to enhance the student's desire to write and think effectively. A second issue focuses on the relative powerlessness of compositionists within the academy. A third issue is more of a monologue than a dialogue--it consists of conservative criticism of writing instructors. If the participants in each of these three dialogues made references to the other two dialogues as a means of contextualizing their own, they would begin a process of thinking that could ultimately prove fruitful. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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